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Carmelo Anthony Updates And Other Notes

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It’s been rumored for a few months now that the Knicks are going to move Carmelo Anthony and most would assume that the Rockets end up being the team that he will end up playing for this upcoming season, although Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports and the Big Lead had an interesting tweet that made it sound like if the Knicks are unable to figure out a trade to the Rockets, the Blazers could be the new trade partner and that Anthony would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Portland just so he can get out of New York. Stay tuned for more news on a potential Carmelo Anthony trade this weekend as training camp begins on Monday.

The NBA has changed how calls can be made on closeouts where the defensive player doesn’t give the jumpshooter a place to land. Officials now have the ability to go to replay and hand out a flagrant or technical foul as they see fit. The other change to how officials will make calls has to do with continuation. An emphasis is being placed on making sure that shooters are actually in their upward motion of shooting and that players aren’t milking continuation.

Aaron Brooks has signed a deal with the Timberwolves to finalize their training camp roster according to Jerry Zgoda’s Twitter account. Over the course of his 9-year NBA career Brooks is averaging 10.1 points per game, so if he is able to make the final roster for the Timberwolves he could be a nice point guard for them coming off the bench.

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Wizards ‘Giving Impression’ John Wall, Bradley Beal Available in Trade

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The Washington Wizards may be ready to open up shop and trade guard John Wall or Bradley Beal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Per the report, the longtime untouchable pieces of the Wizards’ core are now not so unobtainable as Washington has struggled to a dismal 5-11 record this season and with play on the court looking listless.

Washington has tried shopping Otto Porter and/or Kelly Oubre in hopes of bringing in a 3rd star to team with Beal and Wall, but have been unable to find any takers, leading them to consider dealing the two superstars.

Washington’s preference remains to reshape the team around Wall and Beal but the play has paralyzed their efforts in acquiring stars such as Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, per league sources.

Beal, who is younger than Wall, will likely be the more attractive trade piece, even financially. Wall’s contract extension starts in 2019-20 and will average $42 million annually for four years, and is considered to be a favorite among ownership.

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Knicks’ Trey Burke Says Team Like Navy SEALS

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New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke compared his team to the Navy SEALS for the way they put their lives on the line when they take the court. While the comparison may seem ridiculous, Burke elaborated.

“It’s a whole level of focus we have to have,’’ Trey Burke said, according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “Take the me out of it and it’s we. It’s like Navy SEALs. There’s lives on the line. I know it’s not life and death, but in this league it kind of is. You want to win games. We got to learn to value it. We value just being in the games with these playoff teams. ‘We’re in the game.’ It’s not what it’s about.’

Burke knows that he has to be ready when he is called upon.

When my number’s called, I can’t be something I’m not,’’ Burke said. “I have to be the guard that I am. Coach [David Fizdale] told me to attack. That’s what I’m going to do. I can’t try to please being someone I’m not. That’s what I did earlier in the season. For this team to win, I have to be the Trey Burke everyone knows I can be.”

Burke had to work hard to get back to the NBA, with a strong performance in the G-League earning him a spot on the Knicks roster. While Burke struggled this season, he has started to showcase the ability he had when he lit up the G League last year.

“[I was] being conservative, letting the game come to me,’’ Burke said. “Not attacking immediately. Naturally I’m a scoring point guard. When I attack it’s not always for me to score, it creates for others to. I wasn’t doing that.

“Earlier in the season, I was settling too much for jump shots. Having time to reflect how I was effective last season and different spurts throughout my career, I was always in attack mode and having fun and getting in the paint.

“We didn’t win but it’s a game I can build on,’’ Burke said.

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Pistons’ Reggie Jackson Says Teams Takes Andre Drummond for Granted

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Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson is heaping praise on his teammate, big man Andre Drummond, who he feels that the team often times takes for granted.

“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t [take Drummond for granted],” Jackson said, according to Vince Ellis of Detroit Free Press. “I think a lot of times we rely on him heavily for rebounds. On some nights when we get outrebounded, we’re solely looking for him to do it and not necessarily always helping him.”

“When you get a guy who over the last few years get around 14, 15 (rebounds per game), unfortunately it’s hard not to take him for granted, but we definitely appreciate him being the best (rebounder).”

Drummond is having a solid season, posting 18.9 points, 16.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

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